Mer Tales #1
Published March 2012 by Obsidian Mountain Publishing
YA, Fantasy, Mermaids | 314
She wanted her life to change… he wanted his to stay the same.
Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana’s twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them.
Ashlyn is about to discover what she’d thought to be true her whole life, wasn’t, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn’s life forever.
Book Review: ★★★
I got this book for free (or really cheap, don’t remember which) fully knowing it could be a cheesy YA novel that had mermaids. That’s exactly what I got. It wasn’t an amazing blow your mind story but it wasn’t god awful either. The characters were okay but there were moments when I felt their reactions could be a bit more realistic. I felt Fin was a bit too childish and whiney for his age at times.
I really liked the mermaid world Pandos created. I found it fascinating how not only did she create new rules/laws for how mermaids function (like when they have fins or not, their love/partners, etc.) as well as creating the entire civilization and culture of Natatoria. I found it interesting how different it was from the land of the walking. I would have loved to learn more about it’s history too. The plot line could have used some more twists and turns. I felt it lulled a lot during the first half which is why I put it down for so long and even considered not continuing to read it.
Overall it was pretty much what I had expected. A somewhat cheesy YA mermaid book with romance where the pair needed to fight for their love, etc., etc. It’s the first of a series but I don’t plan on continuing the story.